Dan is grateful to God that he was able to go to Dallas Theological Seminary and the California Graduate School of Theology where he was prepared for the pastoral ministry and, more recently, the mission field. Over 85% of the pastors in the world, however, do not have such an opportunity.
Dan and Pat had five years on ministry in Liberia and they are now praying for another five years. They want to prepare five years of conferences that will systematically train pastors for a Bible teaching ministry and equip men and women as Christian leaders. By strategically presenting material at these conferences they believe they can take pastors and church leaders through a basic biblical and theological curriculum that will prepare them to effectively minister in their churches and countries. Dan has found that there is no end to the opportunities for a person who is formally trained and has had many years of experience to go to third-world countries to teach and train pastors. Many of these pastors who want training live on no more than two dollars a day. That is why we must be willing to pay our own expenses. And that is where you can help by partnering with us.
Since moving back to the US they have been to Nigeria where Dan did four pastor and church leaders conferences in four cities over four weeks. Pat taught women during each of these conferences. They then went back to Liberia in December of 2015 to check on the ministries they established there. Dan did a conference up-country and Pat did teacher training in Monrovia. In February 2016 Dan went to Cuba with Focus Ministries where he taught pastors. In April he went to western Uganda with Leadership Vista Ministries International and taught at two conferences in two cities to nearly 400 pastors and church leaders. This past summer they sent Karl and Rhonda Gross to Australia to minister to aborigine believers and at a Christian radio station in rural western Australia. This November Dan and Pat will be going to Uganda together and also to Cuba in January. They will also be going to Nigeria in February and then later in the Spring to Kenya and Zambia. There they will work with the pastors who are studying Dan's material provided by Grace Notes. Dan and Pat will keep you up to date on their travels and ministry through their newsletters and through Face Book.
In third world countries the pastor still has the greatest influence in changing the hearts and minds of the people. By their training in the Word of God and His grace, this change can be eternal.